Category Archives: Digital Families Podcast

Digital Families a 30min weekly podcast hosted by Leonie Smith “The Cyber Safety Lady” in conversation with parents, students, children, cyber safety experts, family councillors, child protection experts, wellbeing coaches, psychologists and more about maintaining a healthy and safe environment around digital technology in families.

“Growing Up Shared” with Professor Stacey Steinberg

“Growing Up Shared” with Professor Stacey Steinberg

Dr Stacy Steinbeck “Growing Up Shared”

Professor Stacy Steinberg is a professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Professor Steinberg’s research focuses at the intersection of a parent’s right to share and a child’s right to privacy.

She is also a mom and a photographer who has a passion for taking pictures. Professor Steinberg started to wonder how her doing so could impact the digital footprints of her kids, and the many children she photographed over the years. Her research led her to the conclusion that parents need to protect their children’s digital privacy … but that families also benefit by sharing online.

In this weeks podcast Professor Steinberg and I discuss parental sharing of children’s data online. This is often referred to as “Sharenting”

In todays era of the pandemic, its never been more important to keep in touch over the internet. But how much and how should we share whilst respecting our children rights to privacy and safety?

We discuss all of this both the positives of sharing online and the dangers, with solutions for making safer decisions that won’t put your child in danger of having their data used for ill intent and won’t lead you to have a teen down the track who wants or needs you to do a massive clean up, of their digital childhood.

www.staceysteinberg.com

Dr Steinberg has written a book on her research titled “Growing Up Shared”

Is it okay to share details about my child’s life on social media? What kinds of pictures should I avoid posting? Am I taking away my kids’ ownership over their future online footprint?

Find out more about Dr Steinberg’s book Here: https://www.staceysteinberg.com/growingupshared

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Family Safety Online with Martin and Carley McGauran

Family Safety Online with Martin and Carley McGauran

My guests today are Brother and Sister Martin and Carley McGauran, from Inform Empower, eSafety providers based in Melbourne Australia. Marty McGauran is a primary school teacher and educational consultant with over 10 years experience in schools. He is a qualified teacher,  holds a Masters of Education (ICT & Digital Learning) as well as being a… Continue Reading

Brett Lee Former Undercover Cyber Detective – Predators Online & Your Kids

Brett Lee Former Undercover Cyber Detective – Predators Online & Your Kids

My guest this week on Digital Families is Former detective Brett Lee who worked as a Queensland Police Officer for 22 years, 16 of which as a detective in the field of Child Exploitation. Brett has been personally involved with the interview, location, arrest and prosecution of hundreds of online criminals and predators.  In his investigative role, Brett… Continue Reading

Are we in control of technology, or is technology controlling us?

Are we in control of technology, or is technology controlling us?

My guest today on Digital Families is Dr Kristy Goodwin who is a Digital Wellbeing and Productivity Speaker, Author & Researcher.  On todays podcast Kristy and I talk about managing screen time for the whole family. We talk about getting distracted by technology and how it impacts our wellbeing. Younger children are now starting social… Continue Reading

Managing Your Childs Screen-Time with Dr Devorah Heitner PhD

Managing Your Childs Screen-Time with Dr Devorah Heitner PhD

My guest today on Digital Families is Dr Devorah Heitner PhD who is is the author of  the book “Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World” . Dr Heitner has a Ph.D. in Media/Technology and Society from Northwestern University, and is also the founder of ‘Raising Digital Natives” Devorah Heitner is someone… Continue Reading

Stymie – Helping Kids To Report Cyber Bullying Safely

Stymie – Helping Kids To Report Cyber Bullying Safely

Digital Families Podcast: An eSafety Commissioner recent survey “STATE OF PLAY—YOUTH, KIDS AND DIGITAL DANGERS” reports that only 55% of children report upsetting incidents online to an adult. And the study “Parenting In The Digital Age” also showed details of how aware parents are in regard to their childrens online negative experiences. (See graph below)… Continue Reading

Sexting & Cyber Bullying Reports Are Increasing,  What are we doing wrong?

Sexting & Cyber Bullying Reports Are Increasing, What are we doing wrong?

According to some recent research from The Cyber Bullying Research Center and the eSafety Commissioner, reports of Cyber Bullying and Image Based Abuse is going up by 200%. The Cyber Bullying Research Center in the U.S are suggesting that whatever we have been doing to raise awareness of the harms caused by these issues of… Continue Reading

Australia’s eSafety Commissioner – Helping Aussies Stay Safer Online

Australia’s eSafety Commissioner – Helping Aussies Stay Safer Online

This weeks podcast I chat with eSafety trainer Greg Gebhart from The eSafety Commission. www.eSafety.gov.au Australia’s eSafety Commission is a world leading organisation for education and help for online issues in Australia. The eSafety Commissioner has posted recently that reports of online abuse have escalated during Covid19 by over 300%. Sadly, I’m also getting more… Continue Reading